Wake-Up Call

  • by Kristen Breitweiser
  • Narrated by Kristen Breitweiser
  • 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Sweets, I'm okay. I'm okay. Don't worry. It's not my building," said Kristen Breitweiser's husband on the phone from his office in the second tower. The call ended abruptly, and Kristen stared at the television in horror as the second plane hit, and her life, and her country, changed forever. This is the deeply personal, often shocking, and ultimately inspirational story of a woman left to pick up the pieces of a life shattered by terrorism. With no husband by her side or father for her child, Kristen somehow found the strength within herself to embark on a journey that would lead first to the creation of the 9/11 Commission and then to her role as one of the country's most outspoken activists and critics of the current administration.


What the Critics Say

Audie Award Finalist, Judges' Award: Politics, 2007
"Breitweiser has produced a touching account of her history and ongoing mission that's bound to achieve prominence." (Publishers Weekly)
"This heartfelt memoir will resonate with most Americans regardless of their political affiliations and serve as a reminder to many that there is still work to be done and action to be taken." (Booklist)
"Her story is an inspiration even to the uninspirable." (Larry David)
"Deeply moving, eye-opening and unflinchingly honest." (Arianna Huffington)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Heartfelt & Inspiring, a good read!

I chose this book, thinking it would be a story about a woman who triuphs over great tragedy. That type of book always inspires me. I found it to be so much more.

It is an account of well-educated Kristens experiences being tragicly wrenched from her everyday American life and the course her life took after that. She was a happily married, stay at home mom taken into adversity she could never have dreamed of, losing her beloved husband in the 9-11 attacks.

I appreciated the political education that she gained the hard way. That was a bonus.
She is an inspiration. Kristen is strength and grace under fire.

She really should run for office!
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- Terry "Tell us about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-11-2006
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio